About Me

Hello!
Thanks for visiting my blog, Lovin’ From the Oven! My name is Kim, and I’m your typical 26 year old… except for the fact that I act like an 80 year old woman. You see, I love to bake, scrapbook, craft, knit, and read. If it were up to me, I’d stay home all day with the oven on, giving out desserts by night. That’d be my superhero life.
But since that’s a bit unrealistic, I’ll tell you the real deal. This is me:
I love to eat. My favorite food would be a good caesar salad and my favorite dessert would definitely be a churro dipped in tons of cinnamon sugar. I think about food more than the average person. I’m the weird girl at a restaurant that takes pictures of all the food before consuming it. No, it’s not because I’m Asian (although it definitely seems like it to spectators), it’s because I’m a food blogger (or at least that’s my excuse). I love kids and old people. They both hold the key to my heart because they can put a smile on my face in a nano second, no matter what the situation. I also adore traveling. There is so much to see and explore in the world, and I hope to someday visit it all.

I grew up in Southern California, in the outskirts of Los Angeles. I did my undergrad at UCLA, where I met my dear boyfriend (DB) fiance (DF). We have been dating for over six years and moved in together to Berkeley, where he just finished law school. We’ve moved back to LA since, and it feels great to be back home near family. We just got engaged in August 2013 (!!) and you can read all about the proposal here.

I majored in Political Science with the intention of becoming a lawyer, but at the end of my junior year, I realized how that path just wasn’t for me (hey, at least one of us stuck to it!). Right now, I currently work as a flight attendant full time.

I can’t cook for the life of me, but that doesn’t stop me from trying! You’ll see random savory foods on my blog every now and then, but I tend to stick to what I know best: sweets. I dream of owning my own bakery one day. Until then, I’ll be using this blog as an outlet for my kitchen adventures.

So hi, I’m Kim… and that’s me in a nutshell. I would love to know a little bit about my readers, if you feel so inclined to let me know about you in the comment area! Thanks for dropping by!

 CONTACT:

I love getting mail! It might take me a while to respond, but I promise that I read everything!
You can reach me at: kim@lovintheoven.com
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71 comments :

  • Anne Grady

    Hi kim! Just copied your recipe for Banana cinnamon swirl nut bread. Can’t wait to try it. Glad to hear you like old people because in am 76 years of age. I am in Tennessee and live on social security. I baked my favorite apple walnut cake and gave it as gifts for my family and friends. Unfortunately when I got my January utility bill, my electric had doubled. I hadn’t done anything differently except utilizing my oven alot, so figured that must have been the reason. mY NAME IS aNNE AND i AND MY CHILDREN GREW UP IN THE ymca. mY HUSBAND WA A PHYICAL DIRECTOR AND AS YOU MAY KNOW THEY SOMETIMES MOVE AROUND WHEN THEY RECEIVE OFFERS FROM OTHER y’S. iN THE LAST ONE IN xENIA, oHIO i STARTED A WOMEN’S PROGRAM IN A PREDOMINATELY MEN’S Y,AND IT WAS VERY SUCCESSFUL. i MENTIONED THAT BECAUSE OF YOUR INVOLVEMENT IN THE ymca. cAN’T WAIT TO TRY YOUR BANANA BREAD. ps: i HAVE FOUR DOGS AND A CAT.

  • melissa@IWasBornToCook

    Hi Kim! Nice to meet you :) You can read more about me on my blog – thanks, and i love your recipes!

  • vaishali

    I am a climate scientist and an avid food reader and cook. love your blog and recipes. thanks for the giveaway!

  • Nickole vargas

    Hello! I am Nickole. A stay-at-home mom of three who is passionate about cooking! I enjoy your blog and have made several of your yummy recipes!

  • Tracy C.

    Hello! I’m a college student studying chemistry and mathematics. Besides the Fact that I love science and math, I also love to bake and cook. I’ve been following your blog for about a year now and I love it! All of your recipes look and taste great!

  • Alvina

    HEllo! I went to UCLA too! I majored in polisci at first but decided it wasn’t for me and switched to geography (and minored in polisci). now I live in san francisco!

  • Jessica

    hi kim! im a computer programmer from portland, or! I love your blog. great recipes, easy to follow and you are entertaining! thanks for sharing! and thanks for the giveaway!

  • april v

    Hi..I’m april, mom of 3 that absolutely Looves to cook for my family! we are constantly trying new meals! love your blog :)

  • Kelley Fountain

    Hi I am an avid baker and eater of sweets who runs to burn it off, so I can do it all over again.

  • Lisa

    Hi! i’m a 23 year old graphic design student and baker. I’ve been reading your blog for years and love it!

  • Catherine W.

    I’m a stay at home mom of a 14 month old little girl. I love reading and baking!

  • Aisha a

    i love cooking as much as, if not more than, baking, because it’s so versatile and i just love to experiment!

  • Shary

    I’m pregnant with baby number 2and I’m so over it. Stop posting delicious food stuffs because I want to eat all of it!

  • Kelly D

    I’m a mom of 2 children. I have a background in finance and I love attending college courses. I also attempted to get my “Caps” to work about 5 times for this sentence :)

  • kate t

    Hi Kim, I’m Kate. I live in rhode island and work as a platform designer. i love to bake but am not as good at it as you are :) still, I have gotten a lot of inspiration from the recipes you post.

  • Susan

    Susan! you know me :) i like hello kitty, french fries, and arugula!

  • Jamie n

    Hello kim!! I love your blog and following it on both blogger & FB :)

    I’m an aspiring writer (screen & children’s books) blogger of all things random–from film/Tv reviews to makeup posts to recipes! I’ve just recently switched to a whole food/paleo lifestyle for health reasons and look forward to trying many of your recipes (and tweaking them for my diet). Thanks for the giveaway :)

  • Laurie E.

    HI KIM! I’M A RECENT COLLEGE GRAD WHO JUST MOVED TO THE BAY AREA TO LOOK FOR A JOB IN ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE. I LOVE YOUR BLOG. UP THE GREAT POSTS!

  • Beth

    I love to bake and I’m always looking for an excuse to bake. Only problem is I don’t want it in my house so my husbands colleagues are lucky and get all the baked goods.

  • Candice

    I LOVE baking… But lining cake tins can be annoying at times! :P

  • VIV

    I STARTED BAKING SEVERAL YEARS AGO AND FOUND OUT THAT i LOVED IT. iT IS A VERY CREATIVE HOBBY AND THERE IS ALWAYS NEW THINGS TO LEARN.

  • Yashica

    I just recently found out that I like to bake and cook. I am very interested in starting my own blog and you have been a big inspiration. keep up the good work

  • Amy

    I’m addicted to food/cooking blogs and yours is a great one.

  • Natalie S

    I love to run and cook/bake! They balance each other out. :)

  • Lisa

    Hi Kim,
    I just saw your give a way and would love to get a new baking set. I have 3 young boys, the oldest being 6 and they are always asking to bake. I don’t because my pans are ancient and are a disaster. I am a full time mom and I also work outside of the home, so this would be great to give me some bonding time with my boys.

  • Anna

    Hi! My name is Anna and I love your blog! I am a stay at home mom in tyler, TX and have an 18month old baby girl and she loves all the food that I have baked from your blog!

  • Kelly Marie

    Hi! I subscribe to your blog through my rss feed. My coworkers also love your blog, even though they don’t know it, because they get to eat the majority of the baking i do. your treats help keep us going during busy season!

  • Caitlin

    Hi! I have actually been reading your blog for a couple years now. Just baked your simply banana bread recipe (but in muffins!). I am finishing up my bachelors in psych and soci in the south (lived in GA my entire life). i almost dropped out to go become a pastry chef but now i just developed it as an intense hobby. my favorite thing is cake decorating. that wilton pan set is beautiful! thanks for the giveaway!

  • Marissa todd

    Hey there! i live in nor cal and enjoy baking and am trying to get into cooking. My husband is a chef, but of course doesn’t cook a home so i’ve had to step it up since having a 2 year old! I enjoy looking at your recipes every day and need to try a few more! i, like you, have vowed to learn more recipes this year and cook more! cheers to 2013 and the crock pot!

  • Tu Anh

    hi hi! I’m a high school senior who visits your blog to cheer myself up after ap physics- its finals week… :(. Im a bruins fan forever (my sis and her bf went there and i love them to death) totes random…i think they know you/you know them since they saw me on here when they were visiting and they said they knew you. im a foodie at heart and i love cupcakes and cookies the bestest especially while i’m cramming <3

  • melissa

    Hello! i’m from arizona, I ve been reading your blog for a year now. I love your stuff. i’m always looking to try no recipes. thanks for all your blogs :)

  • Blessie Nelson

    Hello, I am from galveston and I love your life and all your posts esp your baking! Thanks for having me!

  • Diana B

    I am a SAHM mom of two with a thriving Ebay book business. I also love to bake and cook healthy food with the occasional unhealthy treat! Love your blog!

  • Brianna k

    Hi Kim!! I have just recently started baking and i love it!!!! My family loves it as well. I don’t have much equipment to use for our budget it is really tight. I could for sure use some new pans to start experimenting with. I love your blog and i read it every single day! Thank you for all of your great recipies!!!!

  • nichelle

    hi kim,
    I’m a mom, nurse and baker. ever since I became a mom, I’ve had less time to bake, but i still visit your site to drool over the recipes. keep them coming!

  • Karen

    I just recently found your blog and love all the yummy recipes!
    I’m a stay at home mom of 3 boys that love baked goods. I’m excited to try some if your recipes :) I especially can’t wait to try the sour cream coffee cake…yum!

  • brittany

    Hello :) just a little bit about me…I love to baked, crockpot cooking is my fav. I just recently got a ninja cooking system and i’m absolutely in love! i love cooking for my friends ( they’re the best ) I also really like taking pictures of the food i cook ( my husband, thinks its the weirdest, but he still love me ;) ) I take the pictures with either my iphone or my nikon d40. other than that, i have two amazing little boys, addison and bentley, i love those two so much, they are my world!

  • Mimi

    Hey, I’m mimi! I blog over at culinary couture–I’ve been a fan of yours since way early on :)

  • Alisha B.

    Hello, Kim!

    My name is Alisha and I’m an aspiring journalist but I believe baking has become more than just a hobby but an absolute thrive and passion. Whenever in doubt or pessimistic times, I turn to baking to ease my worries, goes to show that stressed spelled backwards is desserts as a true form of reason. Disneyland is my home away from home, I am constanty there, a churro in one hand and Minnie Mouse ears ready for magic. I am a lover of vintage/one-of-a-kind clothing and avid thrift shopper if you will. Your blog is one of my absolutely favorites, it aspires me to try new recipes and even to conjure up my very own. Thank you for the participation in your latest giveaway, I absolutely appreciate it! <3

  • Marie .

    Hi Kim!
    I love your blog. I love to cook and love to bake. I am continually looking for something new & exciting to whip up in the kitchen. Looking forward to your giveaway and your future blogs!

  • dymphna

    i have 3 grown kids…live in terlingua texas….love cooking and baking …. but not cleaning up …..

  • Susan Christy

    I love Mexican food! especially mashed potato tacos. and pork carnitas.
    When my kids were little, they loved jello salad and i made hundreds of different jello salads over a 15 year period.
    when dessert is needed at an event, I’m your girl. brownies, cheesecakes and cookies…mmmmmm

  • Laura

    well, i live in the great state of kansas, but in my dream world i live somewhere without winter. i work in marketing, occasionally run half marathons and 5Ks on the weekends, and love to bake, of course!

  • Linda

    Your blog is great, I found it from siriouslydeliciousblogspot.com and I’ve been following ever since! Thanks for all of the wonderful recipes, I love to cook and bake. I also make a lot of jams and like to craft and sew. My new favorite jam is carrot cake jam! I’m a California girl!

  • Natalie

    I’m a first year medical student in Chicago who loves to bake in any free time I get :)

  • Yixin

    hi! I’m yixin! i’m chinese, and no one can pronounce my name. i am in high school and i love painting, photography, and food.
    I live in texas.

  • Amy

    Hi Kim. I’m a mom of two who loves baking sweets (because they are so yummy and because I find it to be kind of like an art project). Also love photography and reading. I really enjoy your blob because you have great recipes, great pics of the recipes, and mostly because you give an honest opinion on how it turned out and what you would do differently if you didn’t like that. If you say it’s great it always is. Love the recommendations!

  • Amy

    Ugh! Blog…not blob! Oops! :-)

  • van pham

    Hi! I am van. a vietnamese girl living in NC surrounded by so much countryside. i am also the baker/chef in the group of my friends that i get to see about once a month in the city. so this will definitely help me out to add to my collection!

  • van pham

    Liked you on fb!

  • Tabitha

    Hi Kim!

    I’m a new mom learning to balance everything. I’ve been blessed to have the past 2 months off, and the best part is that I get one more off. Baby K will be 3 months when I return to work. I love to bake, which I haven’t done in quite some time. You inspire me to make time and to try new recipes.

    Thanks again for the inspiration!
    Tabitha

  • dc

    i love sweets, but i’m trying to cut down on sugar : ( i liked your post on stevia in the raw, because i’m looking for sugar alternatives. i drool everytime i come to your site, keep up the good work! xoxo

  • Doni Hicks

    Hi, My name is doni and I just realized that I can bake!! I have one cookie sheet and 1 cooling rack but I make it work! And this site helps me relize it is possible!

  • kesha

    I am a new follower of your blog! It is AWESOMe! A little note about me is that my favorite place to be is at the beach!

  • Calli

    Hi Kim! I’m also 25! I just completed my masters in English and I’m a copywriter (I sell maps!)

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  • saucyjossie

    Hi Kim! You are so cute! I feel the same way about being a young (i’m 25) woman but feeling like an old lady at heart! I too would love nothing more than to sit at home with my dog, play in the kitchen, and craft alllllll day. I am a terrible terrible baker, so i look forward to trying your recipes. Snickerdoodle looks ammmaazinnnngg!! however, i love to cook, so maybe you would like to check out my cooking blog: Saucyjossie.com

  • Jess D Giesler

    I just found your blog and it looks like something I will like and fellow.Ilove to bake and I am 80 this year!
    Thanks for all you do Jess

  • Fran@fransfavs.com

    Hi Kim, just discovered your blog via pinterest. Your cinnamon roll pancakes caught my eye and I’m planning to make them at the first opportunity. i’m enjoying browsing your site! I am a fellow foodie and blogger who is old enough to be your mom. :-) I have identical twin daughters who are 23 as well as two older sons. Stop by to “visit” when you have a chance.

  • Ali

    hey kim!

    I’m just like you in the sense that i would love to be a great cook but i did not inherit that trait. My brother always jokes with me that “the smoke alarm isn’t supposed to be your timer.” For that reason, i stick to easy recipes that do not take a lot of time to make seeing as i get a little distracted while the food is cooking. I am a college student and am always looking for somewhat healthy recipes that use ingredients that i have laying around. absolutely LOVE your blog and recipes and cannot wait to see more recipes pop up here over time. my pinterest is now full of recipes from your blog. thanks for being awesome! =]

  • Ali

    hey kim!

    I’m just like you in the sense that i would love to be a great cook but i did not inherit that trait. My brother always jokes with me that “the smoke alarm isn’t supposed to be your timer.” For that reason, i stick to easy recipes that do not take a lot of time to make seeing as i get a little distracted while the food is cooking. I am a college student and am always looking for somewhat healthy recipes that use ingredients that i have laying around. absolutely LOVE your blog and recipes and cannot wait to see more recipes pop up here over time. my pinterest is now full of recipes from your blog. thanks for being awesome! =]

  • Marcia spivey

    Hi, kim… my name is Marcia. I had to chuckle when you said you acted like an 80 yr old woman who loved to cook, etc. I hate to break this to you, but by 80 we’re pretty much burned out on cooking, at least most of the women here in my retirement “compound” are. I call this village a “compound” because we are a gated community and I tell everyone they lock us in at night. to get back to baking…my 46 yr old son just recently moved in with me. He is a master in the art of cheesecakes, and got me interested in kitchen cookery, again. this led me to your blog and the desire to try some of your recipes. I must say you are a delightful young lady, and I hope your are always this enthused about your many household crafts. keep blogging, and a big hug for you!!

  • Avanti

    It’s interesting that I found your blog. I just finished the end of my junior year of undergrad and realized that I don’t want to go down that career path. I’m now looking for flight attendant jobs as well. I also love to craft & bake and will be following your blog on Feedly!

  • Bonnie Jane

    Hi kim…. i’m a baker too and owned my own bake shop in a small town in The ottawa valley, ontario, canada for about 15 years… loved every minute of it but i got pooped out and had to sell. it was called bonnie jane’s scones and we did everything from scratch, scones, muffins, coffee cakes, cookies, date squares, etc etc. lots of fun. i still love to bake and do it every chance i get. love your blog. keep doing it!

  • TAMMY BOWMAN

    Hi Kim. I am TAMMY AND I LIVE IN FORT WORTH TEXAS. I ENJOYED READING YOUR BLOG, AND AM MOST INTERESTED IN TRYING YOUR RECIPE FOR COOKIES AND CREAM COOKIES. I HAVE A HUGE FAMILY TO FEED, AND I ENJOY THE NEW IDEAS I FIND ON PINTEREST. KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK AND GREAT ATTITUDE! THE WORLD NEEDS MORE HAPPY FOLKS LIKE YOU!

  • Nala

    HI KIM – I JUST STUMBLED ON YOUR BLOG AND IT LOOKS LIKE i’LL BE HERE TO STAY! i’M NALA AND i’M AN INTERNATIONAL STUDENT STUDYING IN THE USA. i LOVE TO COOK, BAKE, CRAFT AND I’M A HEALTH AND FITNESS FANATIC. i HOPE TO START MY OWN BLOG SOON BUT FOR NOW I’M CONTENT TO FIND INTERESTING BLOGS TO READ OR INSPIRE ME =)

  • roynetta williamson

    Hi kim my name is netta from nc and I am a culinary student ,I saw your smores and can’t wait to make them.I too love to cook and craft ,,keep t up the good work..

  • Peach

    Hi kim, I work for a semi pro hockey team and house 4 of the teenage players. I have 3 mini doxies. I also volunteer for CAsa (Court Appointed special advocates) and I am working to raise awareness of human trafficking in Portland, oregon where i live. Love your blog and your recipes!

  • Wendi Csorba

    well, to start things off, i wasn’t sure where i was suppose to post my comment about my favorite holiday baking tradition. i didn’t grow up in a house with holiday baking/cooking traditions. i also grew up in a house with a mom that couldn’t cook or bake well. she tried, but failed. when i got older, i started my own traditions. i started cooking and baking every recipe i could find that sounded good to me. what actually turned out as edible, i saved that recipe. after years in the kitchen and many failed attempts, i finally was able to get the hang of things. so, my cooking and baking education was self-taught.
    then i got married. my husband came from a house where his dad was a chef. so, needless to say, he knew a thing or two about cooking. but bless his heart, he can’t bake to save his life. he tries though. but, it’s the bonding experience in our kitchen that keeps us strong.
    so, back to traditions. since my husband is a lover of turkey, one day he asked, “why is turkey only a once a year thing? i love turkey! I want turkey more often”. So, him and I decided to start birthday turkey! instead of having turkey on thanksgiving, we now do turkey for whenever it’s someone’s birthday.
    my second favorite holiday baking tradition is christmas. about two years ago i made a batch of pfeffernüsse cookies, and my husband feel in love with those things! so, now every christmas season, guess what he requests? haha
    i started my recipe book a few years ago because I have two daughters who need to know how to be able to cook and bake. like i said, i had no clue what i was doing and i don’t want my children to not know how to take care of themselves. cooking and baking, along with knitting, sewing, doing laundry, etc. seems to be a dying skill. i don’t want these skills being lost or forgotten.
    well, i guess that’s all i have for now. haha thank you for the opportunity to tell you a little about myself and be able to enter into your giveaway drawing.

    happy holidays!

  • Nila @ the tough cookie

    Hi kim,

    Nice to meet you! I noticed you left me a message on my blog. Those chelsea buns were indeed to die for ;) Still can’t believe I ate 14 of them in one day…

    I Loved you’re mac and cheese recipe, so you can count on my vote!

    xoxo

  • Smitten foodie

    Hi Kim!!
    First time visiting your blog, you’ve got some yummy recipes on here. Love the banana bread scones and glazed meatballs.
    We have a “camp” connection…..been a camp cook for almost 12 years now, crazy life!
    Connie

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